Basic Photo Manipulation - Part 9

  • S04E11
  • December 7, 2010

Robbie demonstrates a simple technique to creating glossy web buttons from any photo using the free GNU Image Manipulation Program.

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  • Glossy Button DemoFeature:  Basic photo manipulation with free software.  Tonight we learn a simple technique to create glossy-looking buttons from any image.
  • Cropping an image to selection in the GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Duplicating a layer in the GiMP.
  • Adding a gaussian blur to your new layer in the GiMP.
  • Changing the layer mode in the GiMP.
  • Using the Paths Tool in the GiMP to create perfect curve selection.
  • Filling a selection with a solid color.
  • Using the Alpha Lock feature of the GiMP to preserve alpha layers.
  • Changing your colors in the GiMP.
  • Using the Blend Tool (Gradient) to fill your layer in the GiMP.
  • Changing the opacity of your curve layer to create a nice "Gloss" effect.
  • Selecting all in GNU Image Manipulation Program.
  • Shrinking your selection in the GiMP.
  • Creating a border in the GiMP.
  • Giving your border a simple beveled look using the GiMP.

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  • Host: Robbie Ferguson
  • Co-Host: Eric Kidd


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